Feb 14, 2013 4:00am EST
of the world's cleanest gas turbines are now powering some of america's biggest cities. siemens. answers. >>> happy valentine's day. americans will spend $18.6 billion to express their love. men tend to spend more, $176, while females spend on average $89. wow. big business. joining us know is the owner of rennie and reed forest. reed and angus, hello and welcome to you both. happy valentine's day, i should say. reed, how big a day is it for you and what are some of the more unusual requests you tend to get? >> it's a big day. whether it's the weather or whether it's clientele, we had an order yesterday for a 1,000 rose arrangement, which we'll be sending out first thing this morning. this is an individual we see a couple times throughout the last three years and it keeps us on our toes. >> i see you have the low ask lush. i thought that was something that happens at the end of valentine's day. apparently it's a mixed floral. it's popular. are guys any good at this, reed? how much are they spending on average this year compared to five years ago? >> guys are good at it because their hear
Feb 15, 2013 4:00am EST
that translates into consumer goods and at the top end luxury brands. china is building 221 new cities from now to 2025. so there is a huge demand for the basic kind of commodities that is building roads, bridges, highways, motor base and so on and so forth. so i think there is a market for some of the dmodties there. and that, of course, is the asian profile in the region as the company size, as the family size is dwindling. so that, again, translates to demand for health products, lifestyle products and so on. so i think there is a lot of the positive area to look forward to in the region. >> andrew, we've been talking a lot, of course, about currency today with the g-20, as well. will currency have a factor to play on m&a? i'm presuming if your country is strengthening or weakening, that changes the economics quite a lot. >> yeah, sure. as i was saying in the beginning, the whole world is printing money. so certain currencies are -- especially the japanese yen on a down turn. and then on the other hand, the renminbi, the chinese yen is gradually on the up trend. so you can play both ways. an
Feb 26, 2013 4:00am EST
a little bit more with tina ford, who is senior political analyst at citi. it's a shame we couldn't get the full information in. we've now got with the gridlock here, what is -- i know there are many options. what do you think is the most likely? is a fresh election more likely than us coupling together some kind of coalition? >> i don't think so. at least not yet. to address your question, the next government probably won't last its full five-year term. however, fresh -- >> what is the next government? >> well, we'll get to that. there's no mon date here for austerity. you have a fragmentation amongst political parties, cobbling together a coalition is going to be difficult. historically, a coalition takes three to four weeks and it's not likely to be any quicker with this result. we are looking in the short term in weeks and probably months of political uncertainty. we have presidential elections coming, too. but in terms of fresh elections, they can't happen as quickly as they did in greece where they happened a month later. >> bettrsani will be first up trying to form a government.
Feb 13, 2013 4:00am EST
expected. what's it mean? joining us is metals and mining analyst at citi. john, how important are these earnings for barrick gold? >> they are important because the problems of 2012 are continuing into 2013. the company's difficulties with the available of power in tanzania and they're about to use diesel power in one of their mines which pushed costs up to $1,000 an ounce. during a strike in 2012, part of the equipment froze up and jammed up. it will take a few months in 2013 to fix up. so the company has guided down significantly for 2013 compared to what analysts were expecting. >> is that a play where you look then at rivals and see them benefiting, or is it pretty much a warning sign for everyone operating in this space? >> no. i think most of this is very company specific. barrick operates at guidance, cost of above $1,000 an ounce for 2013. most of the u.k. gold is at $750, $800 an ounce. and barrick cost shot up sharply in the past few years. again, company and country specific because of the issues they've faced with the power. they've also faced social issues around